Credentials and the Future of Work: Workcred to Join Poynter Institute Workshop


As part of a long-term mission to spread awareness about the power of credentials and their influence on the American workforce, Workcred's Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director, will lead an educational session during The Poynter Institute event, September 27-28 in St. Petersburg, Florida, structured for journalists covering the future of work and higher education. Workcred, formed in 2014 as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, helps connect and educate stakeholders to create a more integrated and effective credentialing system.

Dr. Swift will discuss "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Credentials," during his presentation, which will cover the ins and outs of the credentialing system, top questions asked about credentials, and other need-to-know issues related to certifications, licensure, and certificates.

What is a Credential?

A credential is a "documented award by a responsible and authorized body that has determined that an individual has achieved specific learning outcomes [competencies] relative to a given standard," according to the Lumina Foundation.

The Poynter Institute workshop, "A Journalist's Guide to Covering the Future of Work," is intended to capture how journalists can connect advanced technologythink robots, artificial intelligence, automation, and moreto their storytelling around the future of work. Panelists will offer insights to journalists about local communities and the future of the workforce in different regions of the country during the two days of educational sessions.

The Poynter Institute, a non-profit school for journalism, and WorkingNation, a national not-for-profit campaign to prepare the American workforce for employment demands of the U.S. economy, are partnering to produce the workshopsfree for journalists to attenddue to a funding grant from Lumina Foundation.

About Workcred

Formed in 2014, Workcred's mission is to strengthen workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, ensuring its ongoing relevance, and preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use it effectively. Its vision is a labor market which relies on the relevance, quality, and value of workforce credentials for opportunities, growth, and development.